Kolkata's Shobhabazar Chhoto Rajbari to remain off limits for visitors during Durga Puja

Dhakis'  will also be absent during the festivities and recorded music will be played.

Published: 11th August 2020 06:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2020 06:17 PM   |  A+A-

Durga puja

A Durga idol in the making in Kolkata. (Photo| PTI)


KOLKATA: Visitors will not be allowed inside the centuries-old Shobhabazar Chhoto Rajbari in north Kolkata to witness its famed Durga Puja celebrations this year due to the COVID-19 situation, an organiser said on Tuesday.

The decision is unprecedented in the 231 years of the 'Chhoto Taraf' Durga Puja celebrated in the mansion, in-charge of the puja, Alok Krishna Deb, told reporters.

"Family members will be issued identity cards and security guards with thermal guns will be posted at the 'Singha Duar' (main entrance) of the mansion," the seventh generation descendant of Raja Naba Krisha Deb, who had started the puja, said.

Locals and tourists alike throng the mansion during the festivities to witness the traditional celebration of Durga Puja by the descendants of Raja Naba Krishna Deb's biological son Raj Krishna Deb.

'Dhakis' (drummers) will also be absent during the festivities and recorded music will be played.

The drummers, who have been associated with the family for generations, will, however, receive their wages, Deb said.

Unlike previous years, 'prasad' will be distributed only among family members.

The usual pomp and show during the immersion of the idols will also be done away with and procession will not be brought out, he said.

Media outlets that cover the 'Chhoto Taraf' Durga Puja 24/7 will have restricted entry to the mansion and will be allotted specific time slots, another member of the family said.

The older Shobhabazar Rajbari, located opposite to the Chhoto Rajbari, hosts the 'Boro Taraf' Durga Puja started in 1757 by Raja Naba Krishna Deb after Lord Robert Clive defeated Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah at the Battle of Plassey.

The 'Boro Taraf' Durga Puja organisers, descendants of Raja Naba Krishna Deb's adopted son Gopi Mohun Deb, are yet to come out with restrictions for the festivities.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp